Human Powered Gocycle

Press Release:

LONDON, 18 February 2010: Karbon Kinetics Ltd. (KKL), producer of the award-winning electric two-wheeler Gocycle(R), announced today the launch of Gocycle Black —a new, non-electric-powered model produced in limited quantities for the year 2010, finished in a matt black colour and offered at a suggested retail price of $995.

Designed to appeal to urban cyclists who commute to work primarily for fitness, Gocycle Black comes without the standard electric Gocycle EmpowerPack(TM) (motor, battery and charger) and weighs 12.2 kg. Gocycle Black also features a steeper head angle to provide sportier handling over the standard Gocycle.

As an option, Gocycle Black customers can purchase the EmpowerPack at any time to upgrade the model with electric power.

According to Richard Thorpe, KKL’s founder and design engineer, “We have designed the Gocycle product platform for performance commuting. At the heart of this is our focus on superior pedal drive-train efficiency, rider ergonomics, and ease of free-wheeling, which are performance factors fundamental to Gocycle Black. Gocycle Black customers ride fast and don’t mind breaking a sweat on their way to work, so on-demand electric power is not a priority for them. The 4kg saved in weight and the $500 lower price point are a bonus.”

Thorpe continued, “When purchased through a salary sacrifice scheme or KKL’s Gocycle-to-Work scheme, Gocycle Black at a $995 retail price offers commuters the maximum possible tax savings.”

Gocycle Black comes standard with all of the award-winning design innovations of the standard Gocycle, such as the PitstopWheel(R) for quick and easy repair of flat tyres, Vgonomic(TM) adjustment for excellent rider ergonomics, and the fully-sealed Cleandrive(R) drivetrain, which keeps the rider’s clothing clean. Gocycle Black also features the same Magflow(R) lightweight injection moulded magnesium frame as the standard Gocycle.

Gocycle Black is available for purchase online at with delivery throughout the European Union. MSRP $995 (incl. VAT).

Gocycle Black

[via VeloVision]

17 Responses to “Human Powered Gocycle”

  • Roland Smith says:

    I like the enlosed drivetrain, and the ability to repair a flat easily. I’m less than thrilled with the fact that mudguards are optional, the lack of standard storage, and the low max allowed rider weight (100 kg, 220 lb).

  • NeilY says:

    +1 How can a bike without mudguards or a rack really offer performance commuting?

  • Tali says:

    That is a pretty expensive 3-speed bicycle with no mudguards or rack.

    Intended more as an aid in posing rather than a useful bicycle I fear.

    And the electric assist model isn’t any more practical compared to other e-bikes.

  • Alan says:

    Fenders are available as an option (not everyone wants them). I’d like to see luggage carrying options for this bike along the lines of what are available for the Brompton.


  • Tali says:

    A Brompton would sell for about £170 less for a base model (M3L) that has mudguards.

    I just can’t take a bike that is pitched as a commuter but won’t take a rack seriously. I just can’t get excited about fad bikes marketed like they just invented the small wheel bicycle.

    No doubt the invisible hand of the market will decide.

  • Simon says:

    Although the gocycle white, got very very positive reviews from A2B magazine which routinely gives fairly damning reviews to anything not up to scratch. They expected to hate it and we expected them to hate it. But they liked it….

  • Alan says:

    VeloVision reported favorably on the white Gocycle as well. I wouldn’t be too quick to write off this bike just by looking at one photo.


  • Tali says:

    If there is a rack option or will be then it is more interesting. Otherwise,for me, it is missing an essential bit of kit.

  • Finley says:

    Top Gear reviewed the electric version of the gocycle (they pronounced it gok y cull instead of goh sy kel), and were not impressed. It doesn’t so much fold as it does disassemble in to component bits. It comes with a hard plastic case, but there is no way to carry the case on the bike that I am aware of, so when you get to where you are going, instead of folding it up in to a tidy package, you just have a pile of bike parts laying around. Without the electric assist, the brompton is a much better choice.

  • Scott Wayland says:

    One hell of a long seat post, so a good many post-mounted racks should work. I think it looks bitchin’ cool. I’d love one but have no use for a small wheel folder. I’ve wanted a Bike Friday forever, too. As it is, I’ve got a garage stuffed with pedal-powered hardware!


  • bill says:

    I have test ridden the white Gocycle and it rides very smoothly. The fit is excellent also. Not everyone likes mudguards and not everyone rides to work every day rain or shine. I used to, but I don’t anymore because my job/schedule doesn’t allow, but I will go out for sure if it’s a nice day – can’t resist – but I wouldn’t have mudguards. The white one I rode had a pannier rack mount on the front, so I bet the black one does too, but I ride with a backpack anyway – much better for balance of weight and easy to get into the office quickly. Price is a stretch, but I was seriously impressed by the test ride of the white Gocycle. This black one does look sweet!

  • Bill says:

    Injection moulded magnesium wheels and frame?

    26 pounds without lights, racks or fenders. No place for a water bottle that I can see. No way to use a hub dynamo. One size fits all. Looks like an overgrown BMX bike. Serious commuter? I’ll pass.

  • bill says:

    I am a city commuter, about 8 miles one way, so water bottle etc. not needed. Also, I ride to work in work clothes. Unless you are on a Dutch machine or 1940s sit up and beg, modern bikes don’t cater for keeping your clothes clean! So, Bill, what do you call a serious commuter bike? post a link and we can debate the pro and cons of this machine and yours…

  • Ian says:

    I think the high seat post is just par for the course when it comes to folders. I like the fact that it has front and rear suspension and disc brakes and to me that matt black finish is sort of evil but in a cool way. To make is useful where I live it would need to have a few more gears – 3 is just not going to hack it without having a cardiac arrest part-way home.

  • Bill says:


    My commute is 12 miles each way, mostly on unlit county roads. My ride in starts at 5:30 AM so the ride begins and often ends in darkness. My commuter is a first-generation Kogswell P/R. 650b wheels, currently with 38 mm tires. A front rack holds a small rack trunk for tools, tubes, and a NiMH battery pack that powers a pair of home-made lamps using 3 Watt Cree LED’s. The lamps mount below the rack, and are bright enough to light up road signs at least a quarter-mile away. The tail light is a seatpost-mounted planet Bike Superflash.
    A rear rack carries two panniers. One pannier holds a change of clothing. I arrive at work far too sweaty to do without a shower and a change (and I’m lucky enough to have the facilities for that). The other pannier is usually empty save for a lock and cable, so that I can do grocery shopping or other errands on the way home from work.
    The bike is fendered, because while I don’t leave from home in the rain i have been caught by unexpected showers. The designer thoughtfully provided threaded bosses under the fork and rear brake bridge to make mounting fenders easy.
    My Kog is equipped with a triple crank and 8 speed cassette because I owned all of the parts when I bought the frame. The gear range is wider than needed, but it lets me cope with what can be 10 – 20 mph headwinds on the ride home. A wide range IG hub (9 speed Sachs, or Shimano’s 8 speed or upcoming Alfine 11) would allow plenty of gears and a chainguard, if that was a priority.
    I’ve ridden a metric century on that bike (minus the rear rack and panniers, and with ‘skinny’ 34 mm tires), and done full grocery shopping rins on it. It’s capable of at least a short tour as it sits, and would only take minor changes to be useable for long-haul touring. To me, it’s a much more useful bicycle than the Gocycle. If I had a short ride to a train/subway station and a short ride from transit to work, and didn’t expect to need to carry much, I might feel differently.

    Here’s a picture of the bike earlier in its evolution – the basket is now gone, the compact crank and saddle have been changed, and the lights raised from the mid-fork mounting position.


  • Chris says:

    Magnesium? How did they solve the problem of galvanic corrosion?

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